Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Sacramento
If you suffered a disabling injury, event, or illness during your service to our country, you could qualify for VA disability compensation. Unfortunately, the process is often long and burdensome for veterans seeking the benefits they deserve.
The team of veterans’ advocates at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD knows how frustrating it can be to have to fight the government for benefits you earned through your service. We are here to help you.
Find a Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Sacramento, California
If VA denied your claim for benefits or underrated your condition or illness, we aim to construct a compelling appeal and file it on your behalf. Keep in mind that we do not charge legal fees unless you are granted retroactive benefits; We are not paid unless you are.
Call Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD at (800) 544-9144 for a free consultation.
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Building an Appeal for Your VA Disability Benefits in Sacramento
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD’s VA disability attorneys and advocates can guide your VA appeal through the entire administrative process, fighting every step of the way to get you the benefits you deserve.
A successful VA disability appeal proves three things:
- You have a current, diagnosed disability.
- You had an illness, injury, or experienced an event during your military service.
- Your current disability is connected to the illness, injury, or event you experienced in your military service (known as a “nexus”).
A Current Diagnosis
Your appeal must contain a current diagnosis of your condition from a qualified medical professional. Our veterans’ disability attorneys and advocates can review your documentation to ensure it is up to VA’s standards.
An Illness, Injury, or Event
During your military service, you perhaps sustained an injury during a training exercise or combat mission, suffered an illness that prompted your current condition, or experienced an event that spurred a mental health condition. Each of these scenarios can satisfy this element of service connection.
Establishing a Nexus
Connecting your current diagnosis with an illness, injury, or event from your military service is the most challenging aspect of constructing a strong appeal. Our legal team may consult the expertise of a qualified medical professional who can link the elements, thereby proving that your condition is service-connected. VA’s standard for confirming a nexus is that it is “at least as likely as not” that the condition from which you currently suffer was either caused by or worsened by your military service.
Our veterans’ advocates know how to pull all this information into a compelling argument that will speak to VA’s standards of what qualifies as a service-connected disability.
VA Disability Compensation Levels
When VA determines that your disability is service-connected, it will assign a rating by comparing your symptoms with the rating criteria it maintains for each type of disability and medical condition.
Disability ratings range from 0 to 100 %. The more severe your symptoms, the higher your rating. The higher your rating, the larger the monthly sum you will receive.
As of December 1, 2019, VA’s pay schedule is as follows:
- 0 % disability rating: $0.00 per month
- 10 % disability rating: $142.29 per month
- 20 % disability rating: $281.27 per month
- 30 % disability rating: $435.69 per month
- 40 % disability rating: $627.61 per month
- 50 % disability rating: $893.43 per month
- 60 % disability rating: $1,131.68 per month
- 70 % disability rating: $1,426.17 per month
- 80 % disability rating: $1,657.80 per month
- 90 % disability rating: $1,862.96 per month
- 100 % disability rating: $3,106.04 per month
If qualifying dependents live with you, it is possible that you are entitled to receive more compensation beyond the amounts for which your disability rating qualifies you. Qualified dependents can include your spouse, children 18 years or younger, children who are in school and between the ages of 18 and 23, and dependent parents. Your combined disability rating must be 30 % or higher to qualify for these additional dependency benefits.
Talk to a Veterans’ Advocate at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD
A Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans disability attorney serving Sacramento, California can help you pursue the VA disability benefits that you have earned.
Call today to talk to a member of our team. Remember there is no charge for this consultation. If you hire us to represent you, we charge you no legal fees unless we are successful in winning a retroactive award of benefits for you.
Call Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD today for a free consultation: (800) 544-9144.